Monday, January 10, 2011

TOS Review: Easy Classical

I’ve been looking over an Early Modern History schedule that was created by Easy Classical. I must admit when I’ve tried to understand a Classical education in the past I always felt it was a bit to, eh, classical, for us. But I have thoroughly enjoyed looking over this schedule. I love doing my history and science as a family but this year we split up and I allowed my older two boys to do something different for Science, and as for History this year, we haven’t gotten very far. Not really enjoying what we’re using.
Easy Classical
Easy Classical is a company that was created by and is ran by a homeschool family in NC, the Williams family. Their website offers information to help get you started in your Classical homeschool. One of the neatest things about their website is the link tab. They have links for Science and History, and they’re there for anyone to use, even if you don’t purchase a product.
They offer several different schedules to choose from and also a few choices in curriculums, such as Modern History with Geography and complete curriculum’s for grades K-6 (each requires you to purchase suggested books separately).
The product that I reviewed was the schedule for the Early Modern History curriculum. Although I had a little difficulty figuring out how to understand some parts of the website, such as the schedules and curriculums and how the fit together, the actual schedule itself was very easy to understand.
Early Modern History takes the kids from Explorers thru 1820 in 36 weeks. As with any homeschool item you can tweak it or use it as is. Each week there’s a person, battle, or some other important event studied in depth using individual reading, read aloud’s, writing exercises and/or copy work, a variety of geography exercises, including Geography Songs, and History Pocket projects. The books needed are listed in the front of the schedule and if you visit their website there are links for each book that will allow you to purchase it from a couple different sources or check it out of the public library.
Also at the bottom of the weekly schedule there is a list of discussion questions to help summarize and hopefully concrete the information in their minds. And at the end of the week there is a quiz that includes all of the questions you’ve discussed during the week.  Also for tEarlyModern_ProductPicturehe artsy student there are several step by step drawing projects to supplement their studies.
The Early Modern History Schedule is 106 pages with everything you need to guide your study of early history, using geography, writing, and reading. You can purchase the Notebook version which includes a 3-ring binder, for $35.95 or the digital version for $29.95.
If you’d like to hear more about this product, click here.
**Disclaimer: As a member of the TOS Homeschool Crew, I received this product free of charge, in exchange for my honest opinion/review. For more honest reviews from real homeschoolers, visit the TOS Crew website.

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